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Rena

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  • Off Armageddon Reef: Safehold Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By David Weber
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1465)
    Performance
    (903)
    Story
    (912)

    When Earth herself lay under siege by an enemy humankind could not defeat, mankind undertook one last throw of the dice: Operation Ark. Earth's final colonizing expedition was meant to build a new civilization, on a planet so distant even the Gbaba might never find it, and without the high-tech infrastructure whose emissions might betray its location.

    Alison says: "David Weber always good"
    "The narrator sold me on this book."
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    I'll try to be as spoiler free as I can manage here...

    This isn't the type of book I normally read, since it's pretty heavy on politics and warfare strategy. However, I was intrigued by the premise of a female's brain in an android's body, surviving her actual body and trying to right the wrongs of decades past. The name of Merlin intrigued me too. I'm a Merlin fan.

    Once I started listening to the audiobook though (I originally borrowed this audiobook from my local library), I was completely sold on the story due to the dynamic and wonderful reading by Oliver Wyman. Scenes which, when I read them in a book are dull and tedious were brought to life in an entertaining manner. I don't think I would have enjoyed this book if I'd tried to read the paper version. Listening to it narrated here though, it was a fantastic mix of technology, slight of hand, and derring-do mixed in with the politics and strategizing.

    When I'd finished, I was really looking forward to the next installment. This book was a fantastic listen. I'll be listening to it again soon.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Legendarium

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Kevin G. Summers, Michael Bunker
    • Narrated By Robert Rossmann
    Overall
    (395)
    Performance
    (360)
    Story
    (363)

    In every generation, certain writers are chosen to be protectors of The Legendarium, a metaphysical library that exists at the nexus of the multiverse. Inside this library are doorways that lead to every world ever created in literature. There are forces of evil constantly at work to destroy the library and send the world back into an age of darkness. Now, in a time of growing illiteracy, two heroes are chosen to defend The Legendarium.

    Elizabeth Hauris says: "If Butcher & Fforde had a child, this would be it."
    "The World of Books"
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    I've always loved books, and libraries, so the premise of this story intrigued me. I'm happy to say I wasn't disappointed. This book was a nice light-hearted listen, with some serious moments, and some serious discussions about literature.

    The narration really brought out the personalities of the main characters and the dry wit of the writing. My favorite parts were waiting for the moments when one or the other of the main characters would have their preconceived notions shattered, and be forced to unwillingly admit they were wrong to the other party. I guess I enjoyed listening to them squirm.

    The portions that involved other books (some fictional, some real), were also really well done. I felt like I caught a glimpse of the atmosphere of each of those stories as the protagonists explored them.

    All in all, an enjoyable listen. I might listen to another, if the authors write more.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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